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Etymology edit

From Hindi शाल (śāl) and Urduشال(śāl), from Persianشال(šâl).

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shawl (plural shawls)

  1. A square or rectangular piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders, typically by women. [from 1662]
    She wears her shawl when it's cold outside.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 60:
      Just then Norbourne entered the chamber; and, fancying from her attitude that his wife was asleep, he approached softly, and drew a large shawl around her.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps, [] , and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.
    • 1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, published 1993, →ISBN, page 26:
      Jessamy turned. Her uplifted candle showed a dark handsome young women in a black dress. She wore a wide shawl over her head which hung down on either side, only partially hiding a starched, white apron..
  2. A fold of wrinkled flesh under the lips and neck of a bloodhound, used in scenting.

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Descendants edit

  • German: Schal
  • Irish: seál

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Verb edit

shawl (third-person singular simple present shawls, present participle shawling, simple past and past participle shawled)

  1. (transitive) To wrap in a shawl.

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Etymology edit

From Middle English schelen, from Old English sċylian, sċilian.

Verb edit


  1. to shell
      Shawl a baanès.
      Shell the beans.

References edit

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 67